the blinds in the reflection in my cup aren’t really wavy.
Let me explain.
Events happen. (good and bad.) We see, hear, and feel the event.
But then we interpret the event. We give the event meaning.
The meaning may be true.
Or, because it’s filtered through a reflection of our thoughts, the “picture” in our minds might be distorted. Not real. False.
Distorted thinking messes with us.
Distorted thinking makes something that’s straight look bent.
Your Hero has some distorted thinking, doesn’t he?
He goes through an event, interprets the event (“What meaning does this have to me?”) and comes back with an idea.
Make it a wrong idea.
The best story-grabbing-can’t-put-the-book-down happens when the reader KNOWS that the idea is wrong, but the Hero DOESN’T KNOW that the idea is wrong.
Our Hero heads out and on his merry way and, all the while, we readers start waving our hands and shout, “No! Don’t do it! Don’t go that way!”
The Hero’s distorted thinking disturbs us.
(And it should.) Because when you let readers in on the distortion, it HOOKS them in. (YEAH! Exactly.)
In real life.
Drop the distortions.
No one wants that kind of drama.
(Think Straight. Get to the truth.)
Don’t let distorted thinking get the best of you. Because, if you reflect the distortion into your relationships, it can destroy them.
(Good for story. Not good for real life.)